*Todd and *Bernadette married a year ago, and she moved into his house with his two daughters aged 14 and 17.
The relationship between Bernadette and Todd’s eldest daughter *Marnie steadily began to become more fractured. They fought frequently, shouted at each other and slammed doors. Marnie threatened to move out.
Todd sought help through Unifam. The family came together for family counselling. After about 10 sessions, sometimes with only Todd and Bernadette, things calmed down considerably.
Bernadette’s status in the house changed. The girls began to listen to her and to see her as part of the parenting team. Bernadette was able to relax more and develop a different sort of relationship with Marnie.
Todd expressed his relief, “I thought I was going to lose Bernadette, or Marnie, and I didn’t know what to do. I wish I had sought out counselling in my first marriage...”
*This scenario is representative only. Names and details have been changed
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